By Ibrahim Mohamed
The Information Centre of the National Food Safety Authority issued its 42 weekly reports for the period from November 18 – 24, which include many different activities.
The General Administration of Factories Control carried out 95 supervisory missions on food factories in all governorates of the Republic during the third week of November.
Around 17 food facilities were registered with the National Food Safety Authority (NFSA), and one factory was listed on the white list.
The Administration of Control of Packing Stations and Centres carried out a number of examinations; inspection visits reached 32; visits; 4 food facilities were registered; and 4 facilities are being listed on the white list. Also, it issued 448 export permits for agricultural crops.
Sweet potatoes continue to top the list of exported Egyptian vegetables by 8000 tons, followed by beans with a total of 7000 tons, and citrus fruits topped the list of exported fruits last week with a total of 10,000 tons, followed by strawberries and pomegranates with a total of 7000 and 5000 tons, respectively.
Spain, Saudi Arabia, the USA, and Libya represented the largest recipients of Egyptian exports over the past week out of a total of 140 importing countries.
Alexandria port also came first in the number of food messages received with a total of 440 messages, followed by Cairo Airport, which finished second with 265 messages, and Port Said port with a total of 237 messages.
With regard to Laboratory Management, they prepared technical reports for the 1309 issue of a sample of imported food shipments, 698 samples of food prepared for export, and 300 samples of local food, in addition to 101 samples of special food products.
Public Store Registration and Licensing Management conducted 485 inspections of public stores.
The management also held an activation course on the application of the electronic system of public stores in the NFSA’s branch in the Suez governorate in co-operation with the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development.
The General Organisation of Fish and Aquaculture Control carried out 24 control visits to fishing vessels, fisheries factories, suppliers, and export companies.
The General Administration of Slaughterhouses conducted 33 inspection visits to poultry and meat slaughterhouses.
A training course was also held on reviewing the inspection bases and explaining the examination list to veterinarians at the NFSA’s branch in Alexandria.
The Food Safety Branch in a number of governorates launched extensive inspection campaigns to ensure the implementation of requirements of food safety. This came as part of the efforts of the directives of Dr. Tarek el-Hobi, Chairman of the National Food Safety Authority (NFSA), to tighten the control over food establishments to ensure the safety of the food products offered and to preserve the health of consumers in various governorates.